Thailand Overland - The Royal City Plus Phuket

Departures Every Saturday
Validity: 27 October 2017 to 26 October 2018
Cities:
Duration: 14 days / 11 nights

3324
Vancouver

Day 1: Canada – Hong Kong   
Depart from Canada and fly across the Pacific with Cathay Pacific Airways.
Day 2: Hong Kong - Bangkok
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel.
Day 3: Bangkok [Breakfast]
Morning Bangkok Cities and Temple tour.  Afternoon free for leisure.
Day 4: Bangkok – Nakorn Chaisri River – Ayutthaya – Supanburi – Uthai Thani [Breakfast/Dinner]
Pick up from the hotel and drive to Nakorn Chaisri River to board on a converted rice barge at Lampaya Ttemple. Enjoy an approx. one hour’s river cruise. See water vegetable plantations, water birds and  the way of life of Thai people  along the riverside. Then continue to Ayutthaya to visit the UNESCO’S World Heritage ancient city. Ayutthaya was a former and by far longest time active capital of Siamese Kingdom that existed from 1350 to 1767. Ayutthaya was friendly towards foreign traders, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians, Japanese and Persians, and later the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and French, permitting them to set up villages outside the walls of the capital, also called Ayutthaya. In the sixteenth century, it was described by foreign traders as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East.
Proceed to Suphanburi to visit Samchuk Riverside Market, old Chinese community vintage market with wooden shophouses in original Thai style of more than 100 years old. Take a look at a photograph shop which remains a century old camera process. Visit herbal drugstore, taste local sweets, sip old-fashioned local style coffee by the river. The three-storey building dedicated to be a museum can draw visitors back to the yesteryears by different photographs featuring the way of life in the last era. Then proceed to Uthai Thani, where the Temple of Wat Tasung Temple, famous for its big and magical crystal hall made of pieces  of mirror is located. The big temple complex serves as the Buddhist meditation center.
Before the check in at the Country Lake Nature Lodge, you will have an opportunity to visit the local evening market with all local products and delicacies. Further to the Country Lake Nature Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Country Lake Nature Lodge.
Day 5: Uthai Thani – Nakorn Sawan – Hub Patab – Kamphaengphet – Sukhothai [Breakfast/Lunch]
After breakfast, visit a typical Thai village to experience the finest Thai hand skills, and beautiful intricately hand weaving. In the village, almost every house is a small weaving manufacturer, which makes a little enhancement to the income of the farmer’s family.
Proceed to Hub Patad Valley. Surrounded by old limestone mountains, the hidden forest of rare big palm trees, which seem to be from the time of the “Jurassic Park”, is waiting for the outside world to be explored. Then continue to Kamphaengphet to visit Wat Pra Kaew, a large royal temple where was used on important city events and had no monks in the  residence. Continue to  Sukhothai, founded  in the 13th century, literally means “Dawn  of Happiness”.  It was the first truly independent Thai Kingdom, which enjoyed a golden age under King Ramkamhaeng, credited with the creating of Thai alphabets.The superb temples and monuments of this great city have been restored in Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see for all travellers. Overnight at the Le Charme  Hotel in Sukhothai.
Day 6: Sukhothai – Phrae – Phayao – Chiang Rai [Breakfast/Lunch]
Breakfast at the hotel . Visit the Historical Park of Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand. Continue to Phrae, then visit Prathat Suthon Temple which boasts the beautiful Northern Thai style building. Teak wooden museum displaying rare antiques in the temple compound is a must-visit. Continue to Chiang Rai via Phayao with a short break at the Lake of Kwan Phayao, the largest fresh water fish habitat in the upper North which provides the livelihood of many of the local people. The surrounding scenery, particularly at dusk, is stunning. Evening, arrive at Chiang Rai. The city was built by King Meng Rai in 1262 and was long period a centre of Thai - Laotian Lanna Kingdom before it was defeated by Burmese army. Overnight at  the Phowadol Resort in Chiang Rai.
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Golden Triangle – Mae Sai – Chiang Mai [Breakfast/Lunch]
Early morning, breakfast at the hotel , afterwards , drive to Chiang Saen, an ancient capital located on the bank of the Mekong River. It was built by the ancestors from South China ,which moved towards  the South and founded the first capital of Lanna Kingdom (about years 900-1000 A.D). Proceed to  the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River, which was once supposed to be the center of the poppy cultivation in Thailand. View the upstream scenery of the Golden Triangle and pay a visit to the Opium Museum. Then continue to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northern- most district to visit Mae Sai Market. Guests enjoy observing cross-border trading and shopping at the market at the Thai-Burmese border. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Proceed to Wat Rong Kun Temple, very unconventional  from the Buddhist Temple projected by temporary artist which still builds different parts of very spectacular statues and buildings inside a complex, kind of fairy - tale style. Proceed to Chiang Mai.
Day 8: Chiang Mai – Mae Sa Elephant Camp – Doi Suthep [Breakfast/Lunch]
After breakfast at the hotel, ride to Mae Sa Valley (about 30 km from Chiang Mai) to see elephants at work at MAE SA Elephant Camp. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit Sankampaeng handicraft village to see silk weaving, wood carving and umbrella making.
Continue to drive uphill to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous and respected temple in Chiang Mai.  After ascending its 306 steps up to the golden Chedi (you can also take a lift there), you will be rewarded by the stunning view over Chiang Mai and magical atmosphere of the temple and its shrines. Many Thai people visit this temple on the hill to pay respect and to make merit.
Overnight at the hotel in Chiang Mai.
Day 9: Chiang Mai – Phuket [Breakfast]
Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to the airport for your next flight to Phuket.  Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel.
Day 10-12: Phuket [Breakfast]
Free days at leisure or join optional tours.
Day 13: Phuket – Hong Kong [Breakfast]   |   Day 14: Hong Kong – Canada
Day at leisure and preparation before transfer to airport to take flight to Hong Kong then connect with midnight flight back to Canada.

Departure from Vancouver

DateHotelTwin Share*Single Supplement
27Oct17-26Oct18$3324$749
HotelCategoryRemark
Majestic GrandeBangkok
Country Lake Nature LodgeUthai Thani
Le Charme Sukhothai HotelSukhothai
Phowadol Resort & SpaChiang Rai
Park HotelChiang Mai
Sunwing Kamala Resort Phuket

Package Price Includes:
• Economy class air ticket Canada to Bangkok and return from Phuket via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific Airways (V)
• Domestic economy air ticket from Chiang Mai – Phuket
• Accommodation based on twin share at select hotels
• Daily breakfast at hotel and meals as indicated
• Airport – hotel – airport transfer on coach service
• Sightseeing tours with English speaking guide

• Taxes & fuel surcharge $375 -$475 (Subject to change)

Package Price Excludes:
Insurance and all other personal expenses; gratuities for local guides, drivers, and porters. Suggested at USD10 per activity day per tour member; hotel seasonal surcharges & compulsory meals (i.e. Christmas & New Year’s Eve Dinners)

Price is based on per person twin share from Vancouver or Toronto, plus tax and fuel surcharges. Package prices exclude TAXES, are based on minimum TWO people traveling.  Prices and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.  Deviation/amendment Fee and restrictions will be applied.  Please contact Silk Holidays for details.

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*Single supplement based on minimum 2 people traveling together.
** Direct flight to Vancouver for the international connection.
^Overnight in Vancouver on the return might require (at your own expense) due to connection flight schedule.
†Departing from Toronto gateway. Overnight in Hong Kong on the return might require at own expense due to connection flight schedule.

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